Things to Think About When You Want Teeth Whitening

cosmetic dentistryWould you like to have a whiter, brighter smile? Teeth whitening is becoming more and more popular among cosmetic dentists. If you think that your teeth are yellow, if they have been stained by coffee, or tobacco, or something else, or you need teeth whitening for another reason, there are some things that you should think about before you jump in.

Teeth Yellowing

Our teeth get yellow as we age. It’s kind of like the way that hair turns gray. The outer part of the tooth yellows. There’s not a whole lot that we can do to stop this from happening. However, there are some other reasons that teeth yellow. Sometimes if you fall or get hit in a tooth, it will turn yellow prematurely. If you have too much fluoride, your teeth can also turn yellow early. Genetics can make your teeth turn yellow early, too. Also, silver fillings can contribute to tooth yellowing.

Types of Tooth Whitening

When you get your teeth whitened, you can do it via an intrinsic process, which makes the inner part of the tooth white. You can also do it via an extrinsic process, which stains the enamel. If your yellowing has mostly been caused by staining, work extrinsically. Otherwise, you will want to work intrinsically.

Tooth Pain

If you have sensitive teeth, you will want to think about that before you get your teeth whitened. Many people who go through the teeth whitening experience significant sensitivity in their teeth for 24 hours after the teeth have been exposed to the whitener. Ibuprofen can help, but you may also need to avoid eating certain foods and drinking hot and cold beverages.

Your Results Can Vary

Some people find that their teeth respond very well to the whitening process. However, some people get frustrated because they feel like their teeth did not get as white as someone else’s. Some of this has to do with how yellow the teeth were when they started. Unfortunately, teeth whitening cannot undo the damage that you’ve done to your teeth over the years. They may be able to make them look better, but they may still not be perfect.

Teeth Whitening Does Not Last

Because teeth yellow as part of the aging process, they will continue to Yellow even after you’ve had whitening procedures done. This will undo at least some of the whitening work that has happened. Results can last from 6 months to about 2 years, but some of this depends on you, your teeth, and your diet. Many people also find that their teeth have a rebound effect. This means that they will darken again, or faster, after they’ve gone through a teeth whitening process.
If you want your teeth whitened, or want any other cosmetic dentistry procedures performed, we can help you. At Riverfront Dental, we are teeth whitening experts. We will help you figure out why your teeth have stained, what kind of whitening process is right for you, and what sort of results you can expect from your teeth whitening.